Fernando Nation

Fernando Nation (2010)

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  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2010-10-26
  • User Rating: 6.1/10 from 8 ratings
  • Runtime: 0h 52min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: ESPN
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Cruz Angeles
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In Fernando Nation, Mexican-born and Los Angeles-raised director Cruz Angeles traces the history of a community that was torn apart when Dodger Stadium was built in Chavez Ravine and then revitalized by one of the most captivating pitching phenoms baseball has ever seen. Nicknamed “El Toro” by his fans, Fernando Valenzuela ignited a fire that spread from LA to New York—and beyond. He vaulted himself onto the prime time stage and proved with his signature look to the heavens and killer screwball that the American dream was not reserved for those born on U.S. soil. In this layered look at the myth and the man, Cruz Angeles recalls the euphoria around Fernando’s arrival and probes a phenomenon that transcended baseball for many Mexican-Americans. Fernando Valenzuela himself opens up to share his perspective on this very special time. Even 20 years later, “Fernandomania” lives.

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Directing Cruz Angeles Director
Editing Anne Barliant Editor
Editing Madeleine Sackler Editor
Sound Daniel Belardinelli Original Music Composer